RAMAPHOSA HIGHLIGHTED SEVERAL OF THE RECENT ATTACKS
“We have just finished Women’s Month, where we planned to celebrate the success of women in many fields.
“Instead, our country bore witness to several brutal attacks by men against women.
“This month alone, there have been a number of terrible crimes committed against women and girls.”
Ramaphosa listed some of the incidents:
- Fort Hare law student, Nosicelo Mtebeni, who was murdered and dismembered in East London;
- The Grade One pupil from Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve, who was raped in the school’s toilets;
- Palesa Maruping, who was found hanging from the ceiling of a house in Khuma Location in the North West;
- Pheliswa Sawutana, who was strangled to deathMin Kosovo informal settlement in Cape Town.
“These are just the cases that were covered in the media; there were others that were not.”
He said these gruesome acts of violence could not go unpunished.
“They must strengthen our resolve to end gender-based violence in all its forms.
“We must strengthen our efforts across all fronts.”
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Ramaphosa furthermore said the National Assembly had approved three critical pieces of legislation that will further strengthen the criminal justice system and ensure harsh penalties for those found guilty of gender-based violence.
“The courts are increasingly handing down judgments for life imprisonment for statutory rape, robbery, and aggravating sentences that involve rape.
“We continue to implement all the pillars of the National Strategic Plan against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
“Ultimately, the success of this work depends on the actions that we all take to end this pandemic of violence against women and children.
“I wish to once again make a call to the men of this country to understand that the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution belong to all people, men and women alike,” said Ramaphosa.